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Gas Safe Register has revealed the UK’s top ten cities for having unsafe gas appliances, with Edinburgh, Birmingham and Norwich named the worst offenders, based on the Register’s inspection data. Unsafe gas appliances can cause gas leaks (CO poisoning), fires or explosions, putting families across the country at risk.
With this in mind, Gas Safe Register and the Fire and Rescue Service are issuing a joint gas safety warning as December continues to be the time of year that Gas Safe Register finds the highest number of unsafe appliances in UK homes. Over the last five years, an average of one in six (17%) boilers, fires and cookers were investigated and found to be unsafe in December.
|Top 10 unsafe cities in the UK||Percentage of gas appliances inspected found to be unsafe|
Jonathan Samuel, Chief Executive at Gas Safe Register, comments: “Christmas is a fun and exciting time of the year for families who get together and relax in their homes. However, it can quickly go wrong if families’ gas appliances stop working or become unsafe. Our data shows that December is a month where a lot of unsafe gas appliances are found as part of our investigations.
“Gas Safe Register is urging families to ensure that they get their annual gas safety check in time for the Christmas festivities so that they can enjoy the holidays with peace of mind that their gas appliances are working safely and efficiently.”
Mark Jones from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service says: “December is always a busy time of the year for fire related incidents. As a first line of defence, it is important to keep all appliances well maintained and ensure that the appropriate safety checks are carried out regularly, as well as having both CO and smoke alarms installed in homes.”
To help your customers stay gas safe this festive season, advise them of Gas Safe Register’s top tips: